johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - APR 4, 2015
2014 Bottle from Mike’s Barleywine tasting, thanks for the opportunity! Rich sweet fruit and caramel. Sticky syrupy sweet mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol content extremely well with just a wisp on the nose. A bit too sweet for my taste. 48FanInCali (857) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
If you do not like sweet beers you should stay away from this. I love sweet BWs so this is right up my alley. Fairly thick dark brown pour with thin off-white head. Nose of sweet malt, fruit, light coconut and vanilla. Taste follows the nose. Not as much "barrel" as you would think in terms of wood and vanilla. Sweet with ABV higher than what it tastes like. Mouthfeel is syrupy and thick. Some mild hop bittnernss. Huge beer that some should love and others will think it is too much. jayzz (480) - Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2015
it’s so overly sweet it’s almost hard to enjoy. I’m quite surprised................... RobertDale (6983) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2015
750 ml. bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, and alcohol. Taste is caramel, sweet malt, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, and alcohol. Very sweet, too much so for me. Frank (4257) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2015
This is really just a mess. It’s cloudy brown and headless aside from a few stray bubbles. It’s pretty mild in the nose, slightly fruity w/ a touch of coconut. This is thick and sticky sweet w/ a sort of pretzel-like malt character and not much else aside from raisins and some tobacco-ish oxidized malt. I am not sure why someone would want to drink this.
Ataraxia (587) - California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Semi translucent mahogany color, off white lacing. Grape, brown sugar, oak, a little cognac, dried dark fruit, and malt. Very sugary. Full bodied but not heavy, mild carb, smooth, and boozy. Long sweet finish. PartyFowle (954) - - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle. Deep burgundy hue, burnt orange at the edges, with a thin tan head. Aroma has impressive complexity for a SMaSH beer. Caramel, toffee, overripe oranges, vanilla, toasted coconut, brown sugar, marshmallow. Flavor is fairly sweet but displays much of the same notes as the nose, along with maple syrup and more pronounced orange peel and toasted oak. Some noticeable citrusy hops as well. Creamy medium-full body; tingly carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable, but definitely less noticeable than 17 percent. Very tasty stuff. suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Hazy dark chocolate pour. Big tan head in one glass. No head in the other I shared with the wife. Vanilla aroma with dates and fig. Creamy caramel taste with some heat. Nice and malty. dfroms (477) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear reddish amber, small head. Aroma is sweet caramel, brandy, almonds, vanilla, plum, sherry. Taste is syrupy burnt sugar and jammy plums with sweet cherry, milk chocolate, liquid toffee. Thick and syrupy. Solid. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Shared bottle. This is one damn fine beer. Pours a dark brown with a small head. Big aromas - cognac, caramel, dark fruits, light oak. Full body with caramel notes and dark fruits. Sweet smooth finish. The 17% is hidden so well.